Nikhil Pal Singh, “Race, Crime and Police Power in the Making of US Empire.”

Nikhil Pal Singh, “Race, Crime and Police Power in the Making of US Empire.”
Nikhil Pal Singh (Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, New York University)

2pm, Friday, March 28, 2014 — Room 4406

“Race, Crime and Police Power in the Making of US Empire”

This talk considers the historical importance of racialized criminality (and criminalized racial difference) within US imperial culture. It specifically examines how historical precedents of “slave crime” and “native crime” are foundational to the development of American legal thinking and security regimes built upon expansive conceptions (and indeed an expansionist blurring) of anticipatory policing and preventive war. It concludes with some reflections upon how these practices and precedents become transferred and translated within the post-WWII history of United States globalism and national security discourse.

Sponsored by the Mentoring Future Faculty of Color Project — email MFFCcuny@gmail.com for more info

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